Sean Tyla has always had a reputation for, to put it mildly, plain speaking. In this autobiography he commits this attitude to his writing in a book that tells the story of his life as a musician trying to make a living in the 1970s. The story starts with his entry into the business in 1970 as a jobbing songwriter for Lionel Bart, through to the formation of ace pub rockers Ducks Deluxe and onto The Tyla Gang. Tyla so nearly made it, with a gold disc in Germany to his credit, and made the cover of Le Monde, who dubbed him 'Le uveau Christ' In a sense the book is about what might have been. Show Tyla a golden opportunity and he'll blow it! This is the man who turned down an offer to join Motorhead, passed on producing the Sex Pistols and signed for Stiff Records rather than Warner Bros. This is partly what makes the story so fascinating. There are plenty of books about 1970's excess - of chauffeur driven limos, soulless stadiums and endless supplies of cocaine. For Tyla it was mainly unreliable tour vans, smoky pubs and amphetamine sulphate, plus occasional glimpses of the promised land to keep him going. Given his lifestyle back then, it is amazing that he is still alive. In fact, he has reformed both the Tyla Gang and Ducks Deluxe and is embarking on tours in 2010 and 2011 that would daunt a man half his age. Foreword by Will Birch.
Sean Tyla formed the phenomenon that was Ducks Deluxe in 1972, then the Tyla Gang in 1976. The single Styrofoam was only the second record to be released on Stiff Records. Sean and the Gang signed with California-based label Beserkley Records in 1977, releasing two albums. In 1979 he signed a $250,000 five-album deal with Polydor International and had his first solo Top Ten single in Germany. He formed The Force in 1981 with Welsh rock legend Deke Leonard, but quit the music scene in 1985 becoming a sports car salesman, pig farmer and professional cricket coach (coaching at Major Ronald Ferguson's cricket centre; the two becoming firm friends). You can't keep an old rocker down and he released the aptly titled Back in the Saddle in 2008 to rave reviews; his first album since 1983. Sean has also reformed both Ducks Deluxe and The Tyla Gang, who will be touring in Scandinavia and Europe throughout 2010/11. They will be appearing at a town near you; you have been warned. Seventies bad boy of rock Sean Tyla is back!